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Version: v2.x

Server Config Examples


The following are a few configuration use cases:

Add an admin secret

To add an admin secret to Hasura, pass the --admin-secret flag with a secret generated by you.

Run server in this mode using following docker command:

docker run -P -d hasura/graphql-engine:latest graphql-engine \
--database-url postgres://username:password@host:5432/dbname \
serve \

Typically, you will also have a webhook for authentication:

docker run -P -d hasura/graphql-engine:latest graphql-engine \
--database-url postgres://username:password@host:5432/dbname \
serve \

In addition to flags, the GraphQL Engine also accepts environment variables.

In the above case, for adding an admin secret you will use the HASURA_GRAPHQL_ADMIN_SECRET and for the webhook, you will use the HASURA_GRAPHQL_AUTH_HOOK environment variables.

Using CLI commands with admin secret

When you start the GraphQL Engine with an admin secret key, CLI commands will also need this admin secret to contact APIs. It can be set in config.yaml or as an environment variable or as a flag to the command. For example, let's look at the case of the console command:

In the my-project/config.yaml file, set a new key admin_secret:

# config.yaml

The Console can now contact the GraphQL APIs with the specified admin secret.


If you're setting an admin_secret in config.yaml please make sure you do not check this file into a public repository.

An alternate and safe way is to pass the admin secret value to the command as an environment variable:

hasura console

# OR in a single line
HASURA_GRAPHQL_ADMIN_SECRET=xxxxx hasura console

You can also set the admin secret using a flag to the command:

hasura console --admin-secret=XXXXXXXXXXXX

The order of precedence for admin secret and endpoint is as follows:

CLI flag > Environment variable > Config file

Configure CORS

By default, all CORS requests to the Hasura GraphQL Engine are allowed. To run with more restrictive CORS settings, use the --cors-domain flag or the HASURA_GRAPHQL_CORS_DOMAIN ENV variable. The default value is *, which means CORS headers are sent for all domains.

The scheme + host with optional wildcard + optional port have to be mentioned.


# Accepts from , etc.

# Accepts from ,,
# http://app.localhost, http://api.localhost, http://localhost:3000,
# etc.
HASURA_GRAPHQL_CORS_DOMAIN="https://*, http://*.localhost, http://localhost:3000,"

# Accepts from all domain

# Accepts only from

Top-level domains are not considered as part of wildcard domains. You have to add them separately. E.g. https://* doesn't include

You can tell Hasura to disable handling CORS entirely via the --disable-cors flag or the HASURA_GRAPHQL_DISABLE_CORS environment variable. Hasura will not respond with CORS headers. You can use this option if you're already handling CORS on a reverse proxy etc.

Run the Console offline (i.e load console assets from server instead of CDN)

Normally the static assets (js, css, fonts, img etc.) required by the console are loaded from a CDN. Starting with v1.0.0-beta.1, these assets are bundled with the Docker image published by Hasura. These files can be found at /srv/console-assets.

If you're working in an environment with Hasura running locally and have no access to internet, you can configure the GraphQL Engine to load assets from the Docker image itself, instead of the CDN.

Set the following env var or flag on the server:

# env var

# flag

Once the flag is set, all files in the /srv/console-assets directory of the Docker image will be served at the /console/assets endpoint on the server with the right content-type headers.


Hasura follows a rolling update pattern for Console releases where assets for a major.minor version is updated continuously across all patches. If you're using the assets on the server with a Docker image, it might not be the latest version of the Console.

Dev (debugging) mode

The Hasura GraphQL Engine may provide additional information for each object in the extensions key of errors. The internal key contains error information including the generated SQL statement, exception information from Postgres and, if applicable, resolved connection template information. This can be highly useful, especially in the case of debugging errors in Action requests.

By default the internal key is not sent in the extensions response (except for admin roles). To enable this, start the GraphQL Engine server in debugging mode with the following configuration:

# env var

# flag

The internal key is sent for admin role requests by default. To disable them, configure as follows:

# env var

# flag
--admin-internal-errors false

It is highly recommended to enable debugging only for the admin role in production.

Add a Metadata database

The Hasura GraphQL Engine when initialized, creates a schema called hdb_catalog in the Postgres database and initializes a few tables under it. This schema and the internal tables are generally termed as the metadata catalogue and is responsible to manage the internal state of the Hasura GraphQL Engine.

By default, the metadata_catalogue is created inside the primary database provided by the user. But sometimes it might be more advantageous to segregate the primary database and the metadata database.

Hasura GraphQL Engine provides a way to the users to provide an entirely separate database to store the metadata catalogue.

To add a Metadata database, set the following environment variable or add the flag to the server executable

# env var

# flag
Caveat for Hasura Cloud

The Metadata for Hasura Cloud projects is stored in dedicated metadata DBs managed by Hasura Cloud. Hence the HASURA_GRAPHQL_METADATA_DATABASE_URL cannot be configured on Hasura Cloud as its value is controlled by Hasura Cloud itself.

Possible configurations:

1. Both the primary database and metadata database are provided to the server

# env var

# flag

In this case, Hasura GraphQL Engine will use the HASURA_GRAPHQL_METADATA_DATABASE_URL to store the metadata catalogue and starts the server with the database provided in the PG_DATABASE_URL.

2. Only metadata database is provided to the server

# env var

# flag

In this case, Hasura GraphQL Engine will use the HASURA_GRAPHQL_METADATA_DATABASE_URL to store the metadata catalogue and starts the server without tracking/managing any database. i.e a Hasura GraphQL server will be started with no database. The user could then manually track/manage databases at a later time.